Using particle shape to induce tilted and bistable liquid crystal anchoring

BARMES, F. and CLEAVER, D. J. (2005). Using particle shape to induce tilted and bistable liquid crystal anchoring. Physical Review E (PRE), 71 (2).

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Link to published version:: 10.1103/PhysRevE.71.021705

Abstract

We use Monte Carlo simulations of hard Gaussian overlap (HGO) particles symmetrically confined in slab geometry to investigate the role of particle-substrate interactions on liquid crystalline anchoring. Despite the restriction here to purely steric interactions and smooth substrates, a range of behaviors are captured, including tilted anchoring and homeotropic-planar bistability. These macroscopic behaviors are all achieved through appropriate tuning of the microscopics of the HGO-substrate interaction, based upon nonadditive descriptions for the HGO-substrate shape parameter.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Part 1
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Polymers Nanocomposites and Modelling Research Centre > Materials and Fluid Flow Modelling Group
Identification Number: 10.1103/PhysRevE.71.021705
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2010 10:26
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2010 10:28
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1507

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